Over the past six months, the headlines regarding Ukraine’s domestic developments have been worrying, but that’s not the full story. Though last year’s hopes for sweeping political and economic modernization have dimmed, events in Ukraine are not as bleak as they seem. Discrete but significant reforms are underway both in government and in business. In fact, Ukraine is home to a burgeoning innovation economy that is driving a range of reforms championed by the country’s next generation of policymakers and entrepreneurs.
Ukraine is making slow but steady progress on a number of fronts around the country. The State Property Fund sold off Hotel Dnipro, a Soviet relic, the country has quietly launched a gas market revolution, and Ukraine has digitized many of its public services. This event will examine the under-reported ways in which Ukraine is moving forward on reform.
Dmytro Sennychenko, Executive Chairman, State Property Fund of Ukraine; James Brooke, Editor-in-Chief, Ukraine Business News; and Dr. Aura Sabadus, Senior Journalist, Independent Commodity Intelligence Services, discuss successful reforms undertaken in Ukraine’s public and private sectors, as well as the role innovation plays in modernizing the Ukrainian economy. Ambassador John Herbst, Director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council, moderates.
Creating lasting progress
Reform in Ukraine
Since the Revolution of Dignity in 2014, Ukrainians have expressed their strong desire for lasting change and reform to Ukraine’s economy, politics, and society. Some progress has been achieved but challenges still face reform in Ukraine.
Mon, Dec 7, 2020
The old guard wants to drag Ukraine back to the times when they could siphon public money off with impunity and play Russian-style politics. We will not let them succeed, says Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
Tue, Dec 8, 2020
In 2019, President Zelenskyy initiated the privatization of Ukraine’s state-owned alcohol producers in a bid to reform what is one of the most corrupt sectors of the Ukrainian economy and generate budget revenues.